Friday, September 19, 2014
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Federal agency takes over Bucks preschool program

DOYLESTOWN A federal agency has taken over operations of Bucks County Head Start, a preschool program for low-income families, because the agency found that children were left unsupervised on multiple occasions.

Bucks County Head Start Inc., a private nonprofit, had run the program, receiving $4 million in federal funding and serving children throughout the county. The Administration for Children and Families, which monitors and regulates Head Start programs, found that the organization in Bucks failed to follow the program's standards of conduct.

"Between February 2012 and October 2013, five incidents occurred in which children were left alone and unsupervised," Ann Linehan, acting director of the Office of Head Start, wrote in February to the board of Bucks County Head Start Inc. "Furthermore, the incidents were not reported to the regional office or to the Bucks County Children and Youth Agency as required by state law."

The nonprofit's board responded with its own letter last month stating that it would not appeal the government's decision to take over the program until a new organization is chosen. - Ben Finley

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